Chelsea have been told to pay £35million if they want to sign a Serie A hitman, while Man City are ready to move for a Juventus star, according to Thursday’s papers.
SARRI SETTLES FOR PIATEK AFTER LEARNING FEE
Chelsea transfer target Krzysztof Piatek has had a £35m price tag slapped on him by Genoa, with Maurizio Sarri said to be losing faith in Alvaro Morata.
Morata and fellow Blues frontman Olivier Giroud have failed to impress Sarri, since the Italian replaced Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hotseat over the summer.
Sarris is said to be looking to strengthen his attacking options with the signing of a new No. 9 in the January transfer window and is a known admirer of Genoa star Piatek.
The 23-year-old Poland international has already scored 17 goals this season in all competitions, alerting many of Europe’s top clubs to his talents.
Inter Milan, Roma and Napoli are all showing interest in Italy, while a report on Wednesday claimed that Piatek actually has his heart set on a move to Catalan giants Barcelona.
However, The Sun claims that Chelsea have made their interest clear through third-party intermediaries, with the possibility of a move when the window opens.
The report goes on to state that Genoa want £35m for the player, which would represent a massive profit after they signed the player for just £3.5million Cracovia this summer.
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